The 20-inch wheeled Hybrid Carry-On from LiteGear offers a nice mix of light and sturdy.
At 6 pounds this hybrid is not the lightest wheel-aboard around, but the hard-shell underside combined with the soft-sided expandable polyester top make the bag one of the best-structured compromises in the category.
Sized a tad shorter and slimmer than most wheel-aboards (20-by-13 1/2-by-9-inches), the more compact dimensions are designed to fit into a wider range of overhead bins on domestic and international flights.
The bag has big open space inside, with a full-length zippered mesh pocket on the inside of the top, and multiple spacious zippered pockets on the outside.
A zippered expansion panel provides an extra three inches in depth (but that may not allow it to be carried on).
The telescoping handle has a good ergonomic grip, built-in padded top and side carry handles that assist lifting.
Available in black or mallard green.
Info: LiteGear 20-inch Hybrid Carry-On costs $159.95.